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Now Selling on

Today I am going to talk about Artyah, what is it you may ask?  Let me enligh

Nail Art stickers with Labradors on them

Yellow Labrador Retriever Nail Art Stickers, one of many of the dog breeds I have available

ten you.

As some of you know, I create and sell nail art stickers that I make from my own photos and paintings/illustrations,  being aware that a lot of people do not like purchasing from private sites such as my own, I also offer them in various other places such as ebay and etsy.  The latter has made some decisions I really do not like recently including forcing us (ie. accept or we suspend your shop)  to accept their own payment system which benefits them but costs me more so I have been looking around for a new venue.

This is where Artyah comes in, it is an Arts, Crafts, Handmade, Vintage & Antique and Craft Supplies site .it started up about a year ago.  To start with  it was somewhat slow and clunky  but its creator has recently taken on some new developers and it is *burgeoning in all sorts of ways with its lovely new interface, sellers and number of customers who are finding it every day.

modern custom invitations

Custom “Save the Date” and other invitations with cartoons of the hosts from Martinelatoons

The interface is simple and fast – as well as being pretty and easy to use. The owner is very responsive to both seller and customer needs, contact him during his opening hours (American) and you will receive a fast reply, although with the number of enquires I am aware he receives I am not sure when he sleeps at present. plans not to have copyright infringers and mass resellers which really appeals to those of us who actually create our own items and benefits customers who value truly hand made, artisan created items.

The site is growing fast with more Artisans and Sellers joining every day and uploading their items so the choice for customers is constantly growing.

For Sellers

Floral blue summer handbag

Floral summer bag, full size pleated hand made blue handbag from JRsbags

  • One time fee US $5.00 to apply and get your Paypal verified and account appraised prior to being verified.
  • US $0.10 per item to list for 120 days
  • 3.5% of the sale cost

For Customers  

  • A growing  variety of wonderful items from a happy band of sellers with individual shops on this vibrant young Artyah site
  • Sellers who care about their work, designs and creations and take a pride in what they do
hand knitted scarg

Handknitted summer scarf from Wooliebits


For Customers and Sellers

  • An evolving shopping and selling experience with new features constantly being worked on and added
  • Responsive site owner who is working hard to give us all the shopping and selling experience we deserve
  • I know there are lots more things I could add but why not visit us and find out for yourself?


This really is a site to keep your eyes on, if you do not find what you need today, with the number of new Artisans and Sellers joining and uploading you may well find what you need – or desire – later today, tomorrow or certainly very soon.  It is easy to contact sellers and ask if they have anything similar to the item you have found that is similar to the one you are looking for.  Although we can upload quite fast it still takes time to make sure we have everything right so the thing you are wanting may be the very next one that is going to be listed.

*Definition of burgeoning – begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish, – a word which I think fits Artyah perfectly and I hope to see you there soon.

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Free Art Friday

I had never heard of this Free Art Friday thing until there was a segment about it on BBC’s The One Show earlier this week and the ideal appealed to me.  It was started about ten years ago by a street artist known as MyDogSighs (Site and Twitter if you would like to learn more about him).

FAA1The idea has grown and now artists around the world leave pieces of art in their cities, or cities they are visiting for members of the public to find and take home with them on Fridays.  These can be any kind of art, MyDogSighs uses recycled cans, others use photos, paintings, prints and all sorts of things.  I thought, why should it just be city dwellers that get the chance to find free art, so sometime today my first offering will be made in the small village of Etchingham in East Sussex.


IMG_1121 FAF ladyArtists who particpate post pictures to their social media sites to give their followers clues as to where to find their art, I am using this blog and my twitter account @KerioakArt


If you are the new owner or even just intrigued and wish to post to twitter and/or leave a comment here I would be delighted but this is totally optional, I just want someone to enjoy my work.







Edit:  This piece now has a home, the new owner tweeted a message

Pebble Painting

PebblIMG_1117 shoe house 1es, stones and rocks are great for painting on.  You an look at it and eventually, or even sooner, a shape or theme will start to appear.  The fastest one that I picked out recently reminded me of a boot, why on earth would I paint a boot you might ask?  Well, there is that old nursery rhyme about an Old Woman who lived in a shoe, even though it says shoe it is always depicted as a boot so a boot it became, complete with door, roof garden, windows, laces and even a ladder leaning up against one of the windows so the children could use it as an escape route.


This particular pebble is tiny, only about 4 cm/1.3/4 in long and 2.5cm/ 1 inch high, if you would like to see more pictures of it they are available for sale in my Etsy shop, sad as I am to have to admit it, my own Kerioak site does not get as many visitors as Etsy does so I have more chance of someone loving it and wanting to give it a new home by listing it there.

I use very tiny brushes,  Winsor and Newton acrylic paints and then seal with at least two, often more coats of acrylic varnish to protect it.  I really enjoy pebble painting and they make great miniature works of art, you can see more on my Painted Pebbles page here on my site

Unique Designer Nail Art

For everyone who is interested in decorating their nails I have now added a new site – drum roll please …………….

I have over two hundred designs including cats (domestic, wild and cartoon) many breeds of dog, horses, unicorns, flowers, toys, halloween, cartoons and more.  These will be added to on a regular basis and I can also create special personalised stickers from your own images be it boy/girlfriend, pets, brides for hen nights, cars or anything your imagination comes up with.

Flaming Cat

I started off with a photo of flames from the fire and another of my kitten walking along a fence, I was not quite sure what was going to happen when I started, but then most pictures have a life of their own when I am experimenting so I just see where they lead me

Fiery winged  fantasy cat


As you may have seen from  other pages in my website I enjoy using Adobe Photoshop and learning what it can do and what I can do with it.  This will be a never ending project as  you can do so many different things with it.  I thought it was about time I created a person from scratch, had created eyes before and “rebuilt” faces using shading but this is my first ever original “person”, hopefully the first of many

Death of a Serpent

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